My name is Evan Modiste.
I became interested in additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, 3D Printing, whatever it will be deemed next, over time rather than immediately.
About one year ago I first published five articles that related to 3D Printing. Popular research, technical research financial research on the top companies in the industry garnered me exposure to the opportunities that were present at the time. I quickly involved myself in conferences and expos in order to gain an authentic understanding of the environment. My very first manufacturing conference was WESTEC 2013, where Mayor Eric Garcetti gave the opening address. It was a great expo. Around the same time of this research phase, I was taking a finance course called “Multinationals of the Third World” at my university. For our senior research paper, we had to recommend a national company to expand internationally into a foreign market. Working with my group, we selected Stratasys, Ltd to enter into India through Tata Consulting Services. This would prove to be a humorously realistic and timely hypothetical venture.
Stratasys announced publically, only weeks after our group had announced to the classroom its own intentions, that the multinational had partnered with Aurora Capital in China. This solidified my interest in the 3D Printing industry as it related to my own passions. Three months later I would be pitching the idea for a coordinated 3D Printing club to friends and acquaintances representing 9 different universities. 3D4E was launched in January 2014.
This is where I was just one year ago. I have slowed down size-ably since that exciting time, but I remain very active. I graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in finance and a class shy of a second degree in accounting. In the time between January 2014 and present day, I was invited to join the Business Incubation program at my school. From there, I was asked to come onto a developing start-up company (Nabthat, Inc) that tries to tackle the problem of the cumbersome car-buying process by using the internet as an anonymity shield.
I now work part-time at a great company called Professional Education Services while I retool and prepare to embark on what will be a lifetime career opportunity. I have begun to teach myself piano; and have jumped into the challenging world of Zen meditation after being inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love”. I am an avid reader of most anything I can get my hands on. However, my favorite book has to be my most recent (and most challenging read) “Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid” by Douglas Hofstadter. If Hofstadter is correct, I hope that I can apply man’s technique of stringing together ideas to my passions in life. The collaboration between business, engineering, and technology is a truly interesting space!